"The future of gaming can be summed up in two words -- Pong and Joust." ...with these prophetic words on rec.games.video.classic, "Otter" planted the seeds for the game you see before you now. JoustPong, at its core, is an oldschool Pong Deathmatch... but with a "Flap" button. Each player flaps furiously to prevent the opponent from getting a ball past and scoring a point--first to 10 points win (3 points in a "poorlords" game).
JoustPong features two primary game variations, a "classic pong" mode which resembles the classic Pong arcade game, and "poorlords", where each player must defend a wall in a manner similar to the arcade game Warlords. You can play another human, or take on all the AI might of your Atari 2600. The Pterodactyl of Joust also makes an appearance in JoustPong, adding an unpredictable element to the gameplay!
In early 2005, Kirk Israel renamed JoustPong to FlapPing, to avoid stepping on the Pong trademarked owned by Atari. This new version is available for purchase from the AtariAge Store, complete with a new label and manual designed by Dave Exton.